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May 20, 2013

Death of inmate under investigation

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is conducting an investigation into the death of an inmate at the county’s correctional facility.

On Friday, May 17, the deputies discovered the inmate, Robert William Leviness, age 51 of Beaumont, unconscious in a cell.

Deputies and jail medical staff attempted CPR on Leviness. Acadian Ambulance Service responded to the scene and declared Leviness deceased. Justice of the Peace Ransom "Duce" Jones pronounced the death.  It appears Leviness died of self-induced manual strangulation.

The investigation is on-going and autopsy results are pending. Leviness had been booked into jail under the allegation of family violence by Beaumont PD, earlier on Friday.


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